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Haitian Kanaval 2015, Life, Love and Happiness

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Haitian Kanaval 2015, Life, Love and Happiness

Haitian Kanaval 2015, Life, Love and Happiness

Mardi Gras Costume History Vs Haiti Mardi Gras Costume

The celebration of Mardi Gras allows the Roman Catholics a period of merrymaking before the 40 days of lent. The celebration of Mardi Gras includes wearing masks and colorful costumes, dancing, music competitions, parades, etc. In the beginning, the earliest form of Mardi Gras costumes were centered around the practice of masking--obscuring the face to retain anonymity. However, in 1837, when the first organized parade came to the streets, the tradition of masking came under fire as the disguised bandits started acts of robbery and violence behind their covered faces. In 1857, the 'Comus Krewe' first introduced the concept of organized theme parade with decorated floats comprising fully costumed characters and that gradually became more and more widespread and extravagant. Mardi Gras costumes are primarily meant for adults.

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